Sanit saves the pen as Royals blow out Yankees

The AP didn't bother to take a picture of Sanit. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

There’s nothing from Thursday’s game worth writing about, so I’ll just say “thank you” to Amaury Sanit for sparing the bullpen. He was called up before the game for that very reason, and he ended up throwing 81 pitches from the fourth through eighth innings after Ivan Nova‘s implosion. In fairness to Nova, his defense really let him down. That six-run second inning was some of the ugliest baseball I’ve seen the Yankees play in a long time. Sanit’s season high in Triple-A was 62 pitches, and on only one other occasion did he throw more than 40 pitches. So yeah, a big thanks to him for sacrificing his 31-year-old arm and saving the rest of the bullpen before Boston comes to town.

Otherwise, ugly ugly ugly. I mean, at least Alex Rodriguez hit a homerun (plus another ball hard for an out), so maybe he’s starting to come around. We can dream, can’t we? The Royals won their first series in the Bronx since 1999, and now we get to welcome the Red Sox to town for a weekend set. Bartolo Colon gets the ball against Clay Buchholz on Friday night. Here’s the box score and WPA Graph of this game, if you’re curious.

Montero goes way deep in SWB win

Update: Here’s video of Montero’s homer. That’s a bomb, you can see why his power will play well in Yankee Stadium. Opposite field, baby.

Another day, another Double-A Trenton starting pitcher gets hurt. This time it’s Craig Heyer, who was placed on the disabled list with a hand issue. Apparently he took a batted ball to the hand the other day, and they’re still waiting on x-ray results. Doesn’t like anything major, so hopefully he’ll just miss a start or two, nothing more. Kevin Russo is back with Triple-A Scranton after clearing waivers, by the way.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Buffalo)
Chris Dickerson, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – just four for his last 22 (.182)
Dan Brewer, RF, Jordan Parraz, LF & Luis Nunez, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Brewer walked, scored a run, and struck out … Parraz got hit by a pitch, scored and whiffed
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – just his second homer of the season … this one came off a rehabbing big leaguer, turning a one-run deficit into a two-run lead in the eighth inning … apparently it landed well beyond the right field wall in the party pavilion, which is the opposite field
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 4, 2 K
Justin Maxwell, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - that’s just his fifth double, though the dozen homers make it okay
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Adam Warren, RHP: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10-3 GB/FB – 61 of 105 pitches were strikes (58.1%) … allowed a homer for the fourth straight start (five total) … he’s allowed five homers total in 192 IP over the last two years
Andy Sisco, LHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of his nine pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … continues to cruise right along

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Game 35: Happy birthday, Yogi

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Yogi Berra turns 86 years young today, and I’m pretty sure he’s seen more baseball and knows more about the game than all of us combined. I hope the Yankees’ gift to him a big blowout win over the Royals tonight. Happy birthday, Yogi. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B – I guess the ol’ melon is okay after yesterday’s plunking
Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS – over/under on the number of bad throws is set at 2.5
Frankie Cervelli, C – guessing that Joe Girardi wants to use Russell Martin in all three games vs. Boston

Ivan Nova, SP

You can watch this game on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Note: The Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader in Baltimore on August 27th to make up for the April 22nd rain out. That a Saturday five days into a 16 games in 16 days stretch, so a) they’ll need to call up a spot starter, and b) it might wreck the bullpen. But then again, it’s more than three months away, so who knows.

Yankees recall Amaury Sanit, send down Ramiro Pena, DFA Jess Todd

Update (6:08pm): Via Brian Costello and Mark Feinsand, Ramiro Pena was optioned to Triple-A and Jess Todd was designated for assignment. We hardly knew ye, Jess. Pena can’t be recalled for ten days, dems the rules, so the Yankees will either have a three-man bench for the next week and a half or they’re going to call up Kevin Russo (who would have to be re-added to the 40-man roster) or Brandon Laird sometime soon. I’m guessing it’s the former.

Original Post (4:30pm): Via Joel Sherman and Donnie Collins, the Yankees are calling Amaury Sanit up from Triple-A Scranton to reinforce a taxed bullpen. Both 25-man and 40-man rosters moves will be required to accommodate Sanit, though both could by accomplished by designating Buddy Carlyle for assignment. They could always option someone and slide Phil Hughes to the 60-day disabled list as well.

Sanit, 31, is pretty terrible. His 24-6 K/BB in 16.1 IP is very nice, but he’s extremely hittable (10.4 H/9 over the last two years) and works with fringy stuff. Sanit did make a few spot starts in the minors this year and is probably good for 60 pitches if needed, but his call up is almost assuredly a temporary measure. Don’t be surprised if they run him into the ground if there’s a blowout tonight, then cut him tomorrow and replace him with someone else.

Chavez’s foot not broken, but he’s still out 2-3 weeks

Via Dan Barbarisi, Eric Chavez‘s injured foot isn’t fractured, he just has a really deep bone bruise. The fracture doctors saw in the x-ray was an old fracture from when Chavez was a kid; apparently he had a condition in which he was born with fractures in both feet and had to wear casts as a child. It sounds weird but it happens, I was born with bone spurs in both my ankles for no apparent reason. I didn’t have to wear casts though. Anyway, no fracture is good news, though Chavez is still 2-3 weeks away from rejoining the team,